The Patriots are helping out fans that may have purchased an Aaron Hernandez jersey before he was accused of first degree murder. They are letting fans exchange the jersey (although some jerseys are selling for more money since they are now hard to get – 2nd report after the jump). It is a limited time offer. Check out the details…
The New England Patriots are offering anyone with an Aaron Hernandez jersey the opportunity to exchange it for a free jersey of comparable value, the team announced.
The exchange will be offered only during the weekend of July 6-7 at the Patriots Pro Shop.
Earlier this week, Hernandez was charged in the murder of an acquaintance and released by the Patriots.
“We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said in a statement. “We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots Pro Shop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”
The pro shop will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 6 and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 7.
When John Lamothe first learned that Aaron Hernandez was under investigation for a murder, he was crushed. Lamothe, who lives in Florida, is a huge Patriots fan, and he especially liked Hernandez because they had gone to the same school, the University of Florida.
But when the sordid details about the case piled on by the day, Lamothe looked at the Number 81 Aaron Hernandez Patriots jersey in his house and knew he wanted it gone.
“I thought about giving it to Goodwill,” he said, “but I didn’t think anybody would want it.”
So instead, he put it on eBay, the online auction site. “I thought I might get $15 for it,” he said.
On Sunday, it sold for $289.